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The Inbox: Port O'Brien, The Matches, and Jack Kerouac?

Each week our good friends over at The Owl Mag share all the goodies they get in their inbox (think free MP3s, new videos and the general low-down on Bay Area artists) in an effort to spread the local music gospel. Now you're about to get it here with our new weekly feature, The Inbox. Here's what we've got this week:

Port O'Brien:

Personal tragedy struck this indie Americana/freak-folk band from Oakland midway through recording their third album Threadbare (drops 10/6). On "My Will is Good" a rolling drumbeat, eerie echos and whispers, and stirring strings set the stage for a haunting and introspective sound.

Noise Pop: Port O'Brien Sick of Writing Songs About the Sea

Folk wonders, Port O’Brien, never forget their roots. Their name itself is a tribute to a now abandoned cannery on Kodiak Island, Alaska where singer/guitarist Van Pierszalowski’s parents met in the late 60s. It’s also a little reminder of their summers spent working on fishing boats and in canneries. Despite their modest fisherman façade, the Oakland-formed quintet opened for indie alt-rock superstars Nada Surf on their last tour, an experience they claim “was simultaneously hilarious and amazing.” Port O’Brien’s third album (yet to be named and set to drop later this year) is in the works with a guest spot rumored to be filled by none other than Lily Allen.

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The Best Tracks of 2008 (Bay Area Edition)

'Tis the season for "best of" music lists around the web. We've got one of our own to add to the mix - our roundup of what we think are the seven best songs to come out of the Bay Area this year. So listen up, and then go out and support these bands immediately. (Read: catch them before they're playing mega tours and you're paying stupid ticket prices to support things like light shows, pyrotechnics and RVs).

Here's the list.

Port O'Brien at the Treasure Island Music Festival

The nautical backdrop was appropriate for Bay Area locals Port O'Brien, who split their time between Oakland and commercial fishing boats in Kodiak, Alaska. The band lived up to its comparisons to Arcade Fire, playing "I Woke Up Today" with a similar vocal exuberance. Check out the beginning of their set below.

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